Ocean Home

February/March 2016

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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F e b r u a r y + M a r c h 2 0 1 6 | O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M 33 a relaxed, casual sensibility, as though the homeowners kind of threw it together. It's a little bit quirky, and that's part of the look – as though the house is populated with found objects and bits of people's lives." e collections on the shelves continue the theme. e primitive sculptures belonged to his client, who is from South Africa. And the wire Ferris wheel is reminiscent of the real-life Ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier just beyond the sand. "Every design needs to have a story," Cutler says. With its hues of blue, bleached wood and a sun- washed vibe, the home is unmistakably a beach house. "And you would still have that sense, even if you couldn't see the ocean and beach from the windows," Cutler says. THE DETAILS For more information, visit markcutlerdesign.com. separate rooms. "I opted for different spaces, each with its own color palette and unified by bleached wood," he adds. Interesting pieces catch one's eye: handmade macramé fixtures in the kitchen, a round wood table in the entryway – the latter being a flea market find that originated as an old mill wheel. A vast chandelier stretches 25 feet from the first to the fourth floor. "It runs like a vertebrae all the way up the stone stairway," Cutler says. "You see the bottom of the chandelier in the entry way, and it keeps repeating. at one idea, one piece, unifies the whole house. I really like the whole entry experience." Cutler doesn't adhere to any particular aesthetic. His portfolio covers a spectrum of residential design from California beach house and ranch to classic American, Mediterranean and Tuscan, modern Shingle, traditional French farmhouse, glamorous city living and Pacific Asian style. As Cutler says, he likes to turn tradition on its head. "I design for the future by looking to the past, with classic silhouettes and quality materials that will last for a lifetime. I take touchstones of traditional design but tweak them and partner them with unexpected elements." An example of that is a custom handmade fireplace screen, crafted by a local artist from metal and hand- blown glass, thus providing pops of color, melding textures and drawing attention. Similarly, an Italian ottoman, nestled between two wingback chairs, resembles a huge sea urchin, while a 17th-century antique door serves as a substantial – and stunning – headboard. Several small tables of various heights, materials and shapes are pushed together to take the place of one larger coffee table. In short, the home is functional yet fun. "ere's nothing precious about it," Cutler says. "It has Rooms with a view Despite the stunning ocean views, interior designer Mark Cutler, left, filled the beach home with eclectic design elements like this fireplace screen, above, hand-crafted by a local artist from hand-blown glass and forged metal. Design 2016 M A R K C U T L E R PHOTOGRAPH OF MARK CUTLER BY BRANDON MCGANTY

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